Bucks County Parole Violations Lawyer
Parole is a mechanism which permits the release of prisoners before the length of their sentences are completed. The basis of this release is a calculus of time already served coupled with good behavior while incarcerated. Parole Boards convene periodically to discuss the case of prisoners after requisite durations of a sentence have been completed. At this parole hearing, the board will determine whether the individual has demonstrated a correction in behavior which indicates he or she is no longer a threat to society, and warrants an opportunity at early release. This release does, of course, come with conditions, and, accordingly, can be reversed.
Violation of these conditions can result in re-incarceration. It is vital that a person adheres to all conditions and regulations of their parole in order to retain their freedom. If you have been accused of Violating Your Parole you need to retain counsel in order to contest these accusations and avoid incarceration. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you to prepare a defense and keep your liberty intact.
How Does Parole Work?
Parole may be granted under specific conditions. These are essentially requirements for the paroled individual’s continued release. They may include:
- Maintaining regularly scheduled communication with a parole officer
- Applying for and maintaining employment
- Attending counseling or therapy sessions
- Attending drug or alcohol rehabilitation (if alcohol/drug related offense)
- Drug or alcohol screenings (if alcohol/drug related offense)
- Refraining from owning or use of a weapon of any kind
- Committing no future crimes
- Refraining from associating with convicted criminals
- Submission to warrantless search and seizure
Failing to adhere to any of these conditions may result in a violation of one’s parole. Any violation not relating to a new offense is called a technical violation, while a new arrest and conviction will result in a direct violation, resulting in significant penalty. If accused of a Parole Violation, a hearing will be held where you have the opportunity to defend yourself against the accusation. However, if found to in fact have violated parole, the following consequences may be enforced:
- Parole revocation
- Custodial sentencing (meaning a return to prison)
- Transfer to a rehabilitation center if alcohol/drug related violation
- Potentially significant fines
- Parole reinstatement with significantly harsher terms than originally imposed
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Preserving your parole is vital to preserving your freedom. If accused of a technical violation, an attorney can help you to either make restitution when possible or arrive at an acceptable compromise to preserve your freedom. If accused of a direct violation, counsel will be absolutely necessary to both defend against the new crime and the corresponding Parole Violation Accusation. You will need to win the former to defend the latter.
Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Criminal Defense Attorneys to discuss your situation today. Your freedom is at stake, but we can help.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.